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Instructor: Dr. Geralyn Miller Neff Hall Room 340R Phone: 260-481-6350
Professor¶s Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 or by appointment
Course Elearning Site:
The content for the course is presented via Blackboard at IPFW. It is available through you¶re my. IPFW site, and allows us to take advantage of some of the most effective learning technologies available. Don¶t let this high tech approach frighten you. Technical requirements are at a minimum, and you can always contact the Information Technology staff at IPFW for assistance (http://www.its.ipfw.edu/; HELPDESK@ipfw.edu; or 481-6802). To access the full course elearning site, you must be registered for the course and use your assigned user name and password. Course Overview: In this course, we will broadly cover those areas necessary to understand business ethics and how they involve business decisions. This course begins with a brief overview of ethics. From there, we proceed to the different views of ethics and ethical behaviors in organizations. Goals and Objectives: This course strives to meet the following goals and objectives: Doermer School of Business and Management Sciences Objectives: A. Integration of fundamental principles of theory and practice B. Analytical skills necessary for sound business decisions C. Understanding of global, ethical, and cultural issues D. Understanding of relationships between macro environment and business E. Demonstration of effective communication and teamwork F. Preparation for life-long learning Management Program Goals: 1. Recognize and understand factors contributing to, and implications of, increasing cross-cultural interaction and globalization 2. Develop and apply formal model building and quantitative reasoning processes to managerial decision situations 3. Understand and apply concepts in workforce processes, including the legal environment, cross-cultural issues, and labor management relations
Course Objectives: a. Know key terms pertaining to societal, legal, and ethical realms and their interrelation with business situations b. Diagnose problems in business decisions c. Understand how to handle situations requiring an understanding of ethics under conditions of ambiguity d. Learn to construct opinions based on factual knowledge and to write well e. Integrate theory with practical application
Required Text: Business and Society: Ethics and Stakeholder Management by Archie B. Carroll and Ann K. Buchholtz (Authors). Publisher: South-Western Cengage Learning, 7th Edition, ISBN-13: 89-0-324-56939-1 Advice: Before we embark on this journey together, I offer a piece of advice. This advice is intended not only for this course and this instructor, but for all of your future courses and interpersonal relationships. I have noticed over the years that many people seem to think that abrasive behaviors pay off. My experience has taught me that they should be used only as a last resort. Many differences of opinion stem from miscommunication. So, before you jump to conclusions about assignments, comments by the instructor on papers, grades, etc., please consider trying to ascertain the facts behind them. Then, and only then, should you engage an argument.
Course Policies: 1. Use the Blackboard tools appropriately. For instance, submit all assignments via the assignment tool, not the email tool. Email me through the Blackboard email tool, not my university email. I will not respond to you if you email me through any other account. 2. Papers, projects, quizzes and exams are due at the time noted in Blackboard. Failure to produce them will result in failing grades for those works. 3. Grade Disputes: If students wish to dispute a grade on any of the assignments, participation, or final exam, they are welcome to do so. However, I will not entertain, in any way, those disputes unless the reasons for the dispute are put in writing to me, beforehand. 4. I operate my classes in a spirit of cooperation and respect for diversity. While I respect that we might not always agree with our peers (or our instructor), I insist that we display a tolerance for the views and opinions of others, a sensitivity to each other¶s values and beliefs, and receptivity to alternative thinking. Additionally, this particular course has a heavy concentration on diversity in the workplace.
5. I reserve the right to amend/alter/change this syllabus at any time during the semester that I deem appropriate to fit the needs of the course. 6. Plagiarism will result in an immediate failure of this course. It is considered to be the height of dishonesty in academic circles. I, personally, view it as one of the most serious forms of deception because it 1) disadvantages one¶s peers and, therefore, detracts from the spirit of collegiality; 2) cheats the individual in the long run by preventing him/her from properly preparing for future situations; 3) displays a complete lack of respect for the institution and the instructor as a professional educator.
Students will be required to submit a 3-4 page thoughts/reflections essay on each of the assigned cases. The essays must contain references to works that support the statements and/or arguments made. Those references should be cited in proper APA or MLA citation format and the essay must contain a references section at the end. Please begin with an introduction and a conclusion. The due dates are contained in the weekly schedule.
Grading: Grading will be based on the following 210 point system: Quizzes firstname.lastname@example.org 75 Completed by noon on the dates assigned
(You will take 14 quizzes in the semester but the lowest four quiz scores will not be counted)
2 Cases @20 Midterm Final Participation
40 25 25 15
Due at noon on the date assigned No make-up exams No make-up exams (Up to the professor¶s discretion. Professorial discretion includes tardiness of assignments, quality of work, contribution to class discussion...)
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Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four Week Five Week Six 1/9-15 1/16-22 1/23-29 1/20-2/5 2/7-12 2/13-19 Read Chapter 1 of textbook; Watch Chapter 1 Lecture; and, Complete quiz by 1/14 at noon Read Chapter 2 of textbook ; Watch Chapter 2 Lecture; Complete quiz by 1/21 at noon Read Chapter 3 of textbook ; Watch Chapter 3 Lecture; and, Complete quiz by 1/28 at noon Read Chapter 4 of textbook; Watch Chapter 4 Lecture; and, Complete quiz by 2/4 at noon Read Chapter 5 of textbook; Watch Chapter 5 Lecture; and, Complete quiz by 2/11 at noon Read Chapters 6 of textbook; Watch Chapter 6 Lecture; and, Complete quiz by 2/18at noon Submit reflective essay on Case #5, page 802 of the textbook, by 4pm on 2/18 Week Seven Week Eight 2/20-26 2/27-3/5 Read Chapters 7 of textbook; Watch Chapter 7 Lecture; and, Complete quiz by 2/25 at noon Midterm week; study for and complete midterm by 3/4 at noon
SPRING BREAK RUNS FROM 3/6 THRU 3/12 Week Nine Week Ten Week Eleven Week Twelve Week Thirteen 3/13 3/20-26 3/28-4/2 4/3-9 4/10-16 Read Chapters 8 of textbook; Watch Chapter 8 Lecture; and, Complete quiz by 3/18 at noon Read Chapters 9 of textbook; Watch Chapter 9 Lecture; and, C omplete quiz by 3/25 at noon Read Chapter 10 of textbook; Watch Chapter 10 Lecture; and, Complete quiz by 4/1 at noon Read Chapter 11 of textbook; Watch Chapter 11 Lecture; and, Complete quiz by 4/8 at noon Read Chapter 12 of textbook; Watch Chapter 12 Lecture; and, Complete quiz by 4/15 at noon Submit reflective essay on Case #30, page 901 of the textbook, by 4pm on 4/15 Week Fourteen Week Fifteen 4/17-23 4/24-30 Read Chapter 13 of textbook; Watch Chapter 13 Lecture; and, Complete quiz by 4/22 at noon Read Chapter 15 of textbook; Watch Chapter 15 Lecture; and, Complete quiz by 4/29 at noon
Week Sixteen 12/5-11
IPFW Statement on Integrity
We as a university community are committed to integrity and ethical conduct. We foster an environment that nurtures and supports the complementary concepts of freedom and responsibility. Paramount to our commitment is continued validation and support of the highest ethical standards of equity, fairness, and confidentiality. We respect differences and embrace diversity. We are committed to equitable treatment and mutual respect for all members of the IPFW community. We respect both individual rights and the public interest. We encourage a learning environment in which open and free pursuit of knowledge takes place and individuals share their personal convictions without imposing them on others. Additionally, we embrace the ideal of freedom of expression for faculty, staff, and students in their academic work and as citizens of the university. The professional contributions of all individuals involved are fully and accurately acknowledged. It is the responsibility of the entire IPFW community to honor the principles of ethics and academic integrity. Students and faculty have the right to expect their work to be assessed on its academic merit. All members of the IPFW community are expected to espouse academic honesty and every individual is responsible for upholding this expectation. Ethical and honest behavior is required in all actions that support IPFW¶s academic mission. IPFW takes seriously its responsibility to the citizens of Indiana. All faculty, students, and staff of the university will be responsible stewards of the public trust. Working with our community partners, we share knowledge and resources for reciprocal benefit and advancement. IPFW faculty and staff pledge to uphold the highest ethical standards while providing an education of the highest academic quality.
IPFW Statement on Civility
Indiana University²Purdue University Fort Wayne is committed to the goals and ethics of academic investigation and education. The foundation of academic pursuit is the process of free inquiry, in which individuals may openly explore and express ideas. Free inquiry requires an environment that encourages open investigation, as well as the educational growth and positive social development of individuals. Therefore, it is important to state explicitly the ethics that define our academic community. Prominent among the values that define the academic community is civility, which includes mutual respect, fairness, and politeness. Membership in any community requires a concern for the common good for all who belong to that community. Each individual may possess different ideas, as well as different ways of communicating those ideas, particularly in a community as varied and diverse as a university. Because of these differences, respect and civility are integral to maintaining the quality of the academic environment and free inquiry. Respect and civility should therefore be afforded to all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, family status, socioeconomic level, educational background, veteran status, or position at the university. Because it is not possible to establish a set of rules or guidelines that will address every issue of civility, all members of the academic community are called upon to promote and value this ethic of common respect and civility. Ultimately, such a community-wide concern will assure the continuation of a free and open exchange of ideas.
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